Kooklah Participates – Shop What You Got Challenge

Last year I discovered someone who became a favourite blogger of mine, Jo from iCurvy and then joined her 2013 challenge to “Shop What You Got”. A challenge that asked you to nominate 30 items of which all your oufits for November would be styled from (does not include uniforms, gym gear, pjs or underwear). The idea is to create a capsule wardrobe. Last year this included clothing, shoes and accessories like belts and scarves. I made sure to choose items that had colour, patterns and interesting details as I wanted to challenge myself and step away from the ‘easy’ option of monochrome. Here is a snapshot of last year’s list. {I had one ‘exemption’ day that I’d nominated up front due to attending a black tie wedding}

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2013

This year, the rules are slightly different, belts and scarves no longer count and can now be used like accessories such as statement necklaces to lift, add to or change an outfit – I felt an immense amount of freedom! More choice for items! Read Jo’s overview of the challenge at #shopwhatyougot

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{if you feel inspired to join, do! It isn’t too late, double up on outfits or start your own period of 30 days, one lady started at the middle of October due to travel commitments, or just tap in #shopwhatyougot in your social media accounts for daily inspiration}

As Jo mentions, you will take more risks, gain a greater appreciation for the items and discover outfit combinations you had never thought of. Last year those items became some of my most loved and I have worn them often – some made this year’s list!

Below is my list for #shopwhatyougot 2014…. but first a few insights into my collection.

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Snapshot sneak peek of clothing items {actual shots of items below}

I have included:
* the dress I will wear to my work Christmas party
* varied bright colour and patterns
* items that I needed to get more use out of
{I included less used items for two reasons- I recently had surgery and cannot wear certain fabrics as they irritate the healing suture lines and also because if I find the less used items difficult or not styled as often during this challenge they will be donated at the end}.

I have not included:
* heels – just wedges
* my chambray shirt {it can sometimes be a crutch item for me, I can always pair it with new outfit combinations I create after the challenge}
* jeans as I cannot stand them yet against my healing incision sites
* leather – I recently donated my much loved leather jacket as it no longer fit well

KOOKLAH #shopwhatyougot Capsule Wardrobe 2014

Jackets

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*White blazer {Portmans} *Orange hued patterned kimono {Vintage Iris} *Silver cardigan {Blarney souvenir}

Tops

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*Black tee *Patterned pink loose singlet *Black peplum {all three from Kmart} *Leopard print tee *Striped tee {Witchery} *Dot 3/4 blouse {Portmans}

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*Green embellished blouse from SES *Pink draped top H&M *Orange peplum blouse H&M *Pink Glassons shift top *Black tie up embellished tee from Big W

Bottoms

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*Black maxi skirt H&M *Floral midi skirt from Jay Jays *Black peplum mini skirt from Kmart *Black ponte pant with contrast panel from Kmart *Blue patterned pants *Black high waisted soft pant

Dresses

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*Black and white wrap look dress from Kmart *Floral sundress from Jay Jays *Nautical dress from Kmart *Moroccan patterned jumpsuit *Animal print peplum dress (Christmas party outfit) from Boohoo *Navy polka dot dress from Big W

Shoes

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*Pippa flats from Spendless Shoes *Nude woven sandals *Isabella Brown nude wedges *Tartan flats a souvenir from San Francisco

Make sure you click over to see Jo’s list and sneak a peek at other bloggers who have accepted the challenge and linked up their capsule wardrobe for November.

Tomorrow I will be uploading the first week of outfits.. in the meantime you can find me on Instagram using my handle @saregiak

Happy Styling,

KOOKLAH – ‘a living doll, living a life not yet imagined…’

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Epcot Styling for Kendra

When it comes to fashion and styling, there isn’t much I love more than putting together a look for a specific style, occasion or event. I do this regularly not just for myself, but for friends and family as well.

This week I received an email from Kendra Thornton who is a seasoned traveller and travel expert from the USA. Kendra is holding a fashion challenge to assist with planning looks for an upcoming trip. She is off for a fun, family weekend at Florida’s Epcot {a theme park in Walt Disney World} and is looking for some style inspiration. The aim is to have outfits that are fashionable yet functional and can be worn day or night..

I was lucky to be reached out to by Kendra in admiration of my own style, to put together an ensemble that fulfilled the brief I was given.

Here is the brief from Kendra:

“A trip to Orlando is a fun-filled opportunity for the entire family. Whether I’m spending a day with the family at Epcot or escaping for some romantic time with my husband at a lounge or nightclub, I know I’ll enjoy my time in Orlando! I’ll have the best time when I look and feel confident and comfortable! This is why I created “Kendra’s Fashion Challenge.” Perhaps I’m a little embarrassed about this. But as a mother of three children I could use some help getting fashion forward ready. I’m looking for some feedback from my favourite fashion bloggers concerning my style. I’ll be taking those three wonderful kids to Orlando, and I know there are bound to be plenty of photo opportunities!  I don’t want to look dowdy in pictures! Specifically, I need help choosing an outfit to wear to Disney’s Epcot. I found so much information on Disney hotels and attractions on the travel talk site gogobot. After reading many reviews my husband and I chose to go check out their fantastic aquarium! Hopefully this will be some inspiration when planning my new look!

I have a deep fascination with the ocean and marine life. On this excursion, I get to share this fascination with my kids as we get to explore one of the world’s largest man made ocean environments. We’ll see over 4,000 sea creatures and learn about more than 60 different species of marine animals. During our time there, we will get a chance to touch and interact with many of the different animals. On the second-floor observation deck, we’ll be surrounded by marine life to gaze at and enjoy. The staff holds two fish feedings each day! I just hope I don’t get wet! I’m ecstatic to see what looks Sarah will choose for this adventure! Thanks to one of my favourite fashionista bloggers I’m sure I will look stunning while visiting Epcot!”

I started this challenge by styling two looks that could go from daytime fun with the kids to drinks with her hubby at night – with just a few simple tweaks! The idea behind this is that Kendra could feel confident to take this look straight to the bar with just a quick ‘fresh up’ stop at the hotel.

Look One: ‘Functional Feminine’ an outfit styled to feel feminine, fresh, fun {great for photo ops} plus appropriate for a trip to Epcot.

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For day – pair lightweight, comfortable jeans and a monochrome colour block tank top with a bright scarf {could be worn tied as pictured, open/draping from back of neck or as a headscarf}, complementing but comfortable flats and an across body bag.
The scarf adds a pop of colour and can be used as a wrap if a cool breeze comes on. The bag allows Kendra to keep her hands free – ideal when assisting kids! I also added a pink belt for extra style-pop!

For night – this outfit is good to go, but for added glamour add a pair of heels {black pictured to complement the top} + a statement necklace to instantly dress up a casual look. For added sleekness I have added another belt option – either would work. Tie a knot in the strap of the across body bag and you now have a clutch! Pairing with a blazer will add sophistication.

Look Two: ‘Casual Edge’ an outfit styled to tick the functional box AND add some rock chic edge…

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For day – pair a good quality black {or white} tee with patterned pants. Having a basic top allows the pants to standout – patterned pants are a must for any wardrobe, as they have great stylish impact with minimal effort. Keeping with the minimalistic vibe I kept accessories simple with a basic, long gold costume jewellery necklace, tan + gold accented sandals and wayfarer sunglasses. The bag I chose is a larger handbag but has both shoulder straps and a body strap, the across body bag from look one would also work.

For night – adding a lightweight kimono style jacket {jacket pictured has some embellishment on lapels} lifts this outfit as does the addition of some wrist bling and heels.

Both of these day looks could be packed with streamlining of accessories + shoes for increased practicality of packing for travel. I.e one pair of heels, one necklace & one bag …

I had so much fun working on these two looks that I decided to create a look specific for night that could be paired with any accessory, bag or shoe from above {I have included some examples too}

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By using a little black dress {LBD} you suddenly create a canvas on which to create a look.
In the left-hand side of the picture I used a combination of accessories from looks one and two to highlight that accessories of either look could work. On the right hand side I have added some optional extra accessories such as an evening clutch. Great LBD styles for mixing and matching include peplum {pictured}, shift and wrap dresses – they are usually sleek with minimal embellishment.

Thankyou Kendra for this opportunity, I hope your trip is sensational, and that you feel fabulous throughout!

Stylish readers, I hope you have enjoyed this post and the looks I created. Do you have a favourite? Which one would you wear, my personal favourite is look two.

Kooklah Xo
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*outfits styled using Stylicious app